Federal fisheries news

Federal Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, has welcomed a negotiated outcome regarding export
approval for one of Australia’s most important Commonwealth-managed fisheries
The negotiated outcome follows an appeal by the Humane Society International to the Administrative
Appeals Tribunal relating to the export approval granted by former Environment Minister Senator Ian
Campbell for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF).
“This negotiated outcome means expensive and protracted litigation has been avoided,” Mr Garrett
said.
“I am pleased that my Department, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Humane
Society have negotiated a revised set of environmental conditions relating to the export of a range of
species from this fishery.
“These additional conditions are designed to give greater protection to species such as the eastern
gemfish, Australian sea lions, seabirds and Harrisson’s dogfish.
“The successful resolution of this matter is a win for both the environment and the fishing industry.”
The SESSF is a complex, multi-species fishery that operates from just north of the Queensland border
to Cape Leeuwin in south-west Western Australia. It encompasses almost half of the Australian
Fishing Zone. The fishery operates in both state and Commonwealth waters and is one of the highest
value Commonwealth-managed fisheries, with landings of more than 35,000 tonnes annually and a
gross value of $81 million in 2005-06.

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